Application Security Locks Down DB2

Application Security Locks Down DB2

Lisa Vaas

Application Security Inc. has put out the beta for an IBM DB2 version of the company’s AppDetective tool, a network-based, penetration testing tool and security audit scanner for databases.

AppDetective has three modes of operation: Scan, Pen Test and Audit. Scan searches a network for databases and database components. Pen Test is a penetration test that performs brute-force external vulnerability assessments, mimicking the attempts of intruders who exploit holes to break into systems from the outside. Its test categories include denial of service, misconfigurations and password susceptibility. The tool comes equipped with a customizable, 30,000-word dictionary that checks for easily guessed passwords.

The Audit mode examines internal database configurations and potential security holes, including specific access control settings, such as create_not_fenced, to determine who has been granted such access privileges.

Joe Zhou, a security specialist for the Corporate Security division of Sprint Corp. and a beta user of AppDetective for IBM DB2 as well as the Oracle and SQL Server versions of the tool, said that the tool isn’t perfect yet. But it at least has more capabilities than the few other security tools for database protection he’s managed to find and test, such as Symantec Corp.’s Enterprise Security Manager, which only checks DB2’s privilege settings against the ISO 17799 standard (the ISO information security standard).

AppDetective’s capabilities exceed that, but for Zhou, in Kansas City, Mo., a perfect database security tool would check security at the operating system level. “If you can do an operating system-level check, you can verify that you have the right patches,” he said. “From the database level, you can only check that settings are right, like authentication and authorization.”

According to Stephen Grey, manager of product marketing for Application Security, of New York, operating system checks will be available in an upgrade within one month after AppDetective for IBM DB2 ships on Dec. 16.

The public beta of AppDetective for IBM DB2 can be downloaded here.

The final version of AppDetective for IBM DB2 costs $1,295 per database instance. A maintenance package costs an additional 20 percent. The upgrade for operating system-level checks will be offered at no additional charge.

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